Campus & Facilities
Our campus is ever changing. By 2015 we will have spent £157m on new buildings and refurbishment to provide you with a sustainable environment and the facilities you expect from a world-class institution.
Work has already begun
We already have some wonderful new buildings completed, including
- The Liberty Building, a £12m law school including a court room equipped with the latest technology and a law centre to support the School of Law's community work
- The Energy Building, a £12.5m building to house energy research, itself a showcase for energy efficiency and low carbon emissions
- The Edge, our £12.2m state-of-the-art fitness centre and pool on campus, which includes an eight-lane, 25 metre pool and 200-station gym, as well as dance studios, squash courts, climbing wall and sports halls
- Storm Jameson Court, a £25.5m student accommodation development (part of Charles Morris Hall) with en suite, catered, accessible accommodation including telephones and safes in every room
- Bright Beginnings, an award-winning childcare centre for staff and students
We have also completely refurbished several buildings, including
- The Leeds Dental Institute, which has received a £9.5m refurbishment, giving dental students training in Leeds access to some of the best facilities in the world, including a new x-ray department and 24 new surgeries for specialist dental treatment
- The Institute of Communications Studies, which has received £4.4m refit and now houses 41 editing suites, a newsroom, television and radio studios and a 60-seat cinema
Projects still to come include a new undergraduate library and the refurbishment of the Edward Boyle Library.
The last development on this scale was back in the 1960s and it shaped how the University looks today. These new buildings and refurbishments mark a new era in our history, and will transform campus for the future.
As a student at the University of Leeds you'll have access to one of the largest libraries in the UK, with more than 4,000 study places if you need somewhere quiet to work.
On the main campus our three libraries, the Brotherton Library, Edward Boyle Library and the newly refurbished Health Sciences Library, provide a variety of different working environments. They all house IT clusters too, alongside access to the University wireless network if you want to work on your laptop.
Use the library online
As well as the 2,860,000 books, you've also got a host of electronic resources at your fingertips. Sometimes you will need to work away from the library, so our collection of e-books, journals and databases are available online.
The library website gives you easy access to all these resources, and you can reserve and renew your books through the website too.
You can find all your course texts in the library, but it also holds several collections of international significance including a first folio of Shakespeare's plays and the original manuscript of Evelyn Waugh's Vile Bodies. We even own locks of Beethoven's and Mozart's hair. Take a look at some of the highlights of our special collections
How the library can support you
Every subject has a faculty librarian and they'll be happy to help you find what you're after, whether that's special collections or recommended texts. In addition to providing specialist support for your subject areas the library runs popular workshops on topics including:
- Finding information for your essay
- Finding and using digital images
- Intelligent web searching
The University is renowned for first-rate academic training and our library is a vital part of this. Workshops and resources from www.skills.library.leeds.ac.uk can help you develop key academic skills.
Infrastructure / Teaching Facilities
Leeds has one of the largest academic research libraries in the UK with collections gathered throughout its 100 year history.
As a student at the University of Leeds you will have access to one of the largest libraries in the UK, with more than 4,000 study places. The full catalogue also provides access to an extensive range of electronic journals available online
On the main campus our three libraries, the Brotherton Library, Edward Boyle Library and the newly refurbished Health Sciences Library, provide a variety of different working environments.
They all house IT clusters too, alongside access to the University wireless network if you want to work on your laptop.
Our leisure facilities are second to none. We have the largest and best-equipped fitness suite at any UK university.
On campus we have three sporting venues, the most recent of which is The Edge. Opened in May 2010, this £12.2m state-of-the-art swimming pool and fitness centre is home to:
- Leeds largest indoor sports halls with performance floors and lighting
- A 25m, 8-lane swimming pool with moveable floor
- The largest fitness suite of any UK university with state-of-the-art equipment
- 3 dedicated class studios - over 125 classes per week
- A performance strength and conditioning facility
- Squash courts
- A climbing wall
- A whole range of additional facilities for you to enjoy 52 weeks of the year
You can even enjoy a latte at our own Starbucks cafe after a hard session in the gym!
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